Saturday Snippets – Happy Babies, Scarves 101, Hunter Pence and Clean Eating

This past week marked that day that every teacher has a love/hate relationship with… the first day of professional development and/or classroom prep for the 2014-2015 school year.  Honestly, where did summer go?  I swear it lasted much, much longer when I was a kid.  Now, I know that summer doesn’t officially end until September 21st (which also happens to be the only sad thing that happens during my birthday month), but once I put my teacher cap on, I start thinking FALL.

When I think of fall, I think of scarves.  It was perfectly fitting that I saw a post on how to tie scarves on Facebook this week.  In fact, it wasn’t that long ago that I was having a scarf wearing conversation with some girlfriends.  You see… living in Santa Cruz means that a scarf is a wardrobe staple.  However, the Midwest in me still associates scarves with beautiful fall.  If you have found yourself doing the same old scarf loop, or obsessing how celebrities make their scarves look so cool, then this video may be just what you are looking for…. and it’s from Nordstrom so that is always a win!

4 Scarves... 16 Ways!!!

4 Scarves…
16 Ways!!!

Click here to find out how to perfect 16 different scarf techniques using 4 types of scarves… which are probably already hiding in your closet.  It’s like having a new accessory without actually purchasing a new accessory!

As stated above, there is a love/hate relationship with going back to school.  I love working with the kiddos again.  There isn’t much that can top a hug from a sweet little kid, or watching a kiddo learning something new for the first time.  The only thing that drags all this awesomeness down is the fact that my schedule gets alot more pressed for time.  Enter the handy, dandy Crock Pot… this thing is a life saver!  It seems like there is a 50 Best Crock Pot Meals posted every other day on Facebook.  I always look at these, but it seems like they are often full of some pretty sketch ingredients.  Fortunately, there are some lovely recipes on the blog He and She Eat Clean.  They have a whole section on slow cooker meals.  Love!  On the menu in our casa this week would be Italian Stallion Chicken.  I plan to do the prep on Sunday and then toss this in the slow cooker on Tuesday or Thursday when my schedule is tightest.  What do you think?

Italian Stallion Crockpot Chicken Clean Eaing Slow Cooker Italian Chicken

Okay, with going back to work adding some humor to my days is an absolute must.  The things that I found the most hysterical this week would be the crying baby that hears Katy Perry and all of the Hunter Pence heckling signs that have sprouted up at baseball diamonds all across America.  Really,  if these don’t crack you up there is no way you are human.

Click here to see the video...

Click here to see the adorable, hysterical video.

What would your Hunter Pence sign say?

What would your Hunter Pence sign say?


That’s all I have for this week.  I’ll let you know how many “Oh Wow(s)!” the Italian Stallion Chicken gets.

Hoping your Saturday is full of joy and the chance to do something extraordinary!  Enjoy!  Oh… and if you try any of the above out this week, let me know how it went!

Saturday Snippets

Each week, I read a bit, surf the web, chat with friends and make to-do lists that sometimes get accomplished, and sometimes don’t.  One of the many reasons that I started this blog was to give myself that little bit of motivation to actually do some of the things that I discover through the week.  So, I’m sharing some of my findings each week with you.  Here are my discoveries this week:

I’m a teacher and the Back-to-School advertisements, shelves, and chatter is coming full force this time of year.  After doing this gig for 17 years, I still love the first days of school.  When I was little, I loved going shopping for supplies and new clothes with my siblings and mother.  Still to this day, I can’t escape the aisles without throwing some supplies into my cart, but even more exciting, is that I still purchase myself a new outfit for the first day of school.  So… when these came in the mail the last week…. I couldn’t help but get excited for the new school year.

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale always comes at the perfect time, and J.Crew has preppy teacher written all over it.

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale always comes at the perfect time, and J.Crew has preppy teacher written all over it.

This week also happens to be a big week of racing in my neighborhood.  Some of my friends are heading to San Francisco for the San Francisco Marathon.  In particular, I’ve been watching in awe as my most steady running partner has started to own the road.  She has become a beast on the hills and is busting out quick miles while looking like running is her job.  I’m not going to divulge too much, because as a runner myself, I know how much having outside pressures or the feeling of letting someone down can jack with your mind, but I feel with all my heart that she is going to KILL IT!  The rest of my neighborhood, and lots of visitors, will be running the Wharf to Wharf here in Santa Cruz.  This is a HUGE race giving back a lot of dough to our local schools.  I’m excited to join my teammates and friends on the course this year.  Look for a follow-up post on the race shortly.  In the meantime, I stumbled upon this quote from i<3torun’s Facebook page and found it fitting for the weekend’s events.  


Finally, my hubby and I are celebrating our wedding anniversary this week.  We have plans to go to a Giants day game followed by a delicious dinner at one of our favorite restaurants.  You might say… Giants game… for an anniversary???  Don’t judge… we love our Giants (and I love Timmy a ton) and if you haven’t had the garlic fries then you simply can’t understand.  Yum!  Because I can’t eat garlic fries AND the whole anniversary cake (each year I have The Buttery recreate the top of our wedding cake), I have decided to have Juliette and Dietmar (special friends that also played a HUGE roll in our top secret wedding plans) come share the cake with us.  I’ve been dying to make this Honey Chipotle Chicken Bowl with Lime Quinoa recipe that I found on the blog How Sweet It Is.  I may need to make a few changes to accommodate some dietary needs, but I can already smell the deliciousness of this dish.

Hoping your Saturday is full of joy and the chance to do something extraordinary!  Enjoy!